Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kindergarten Preparations

Hello All! My name is Anna Holcomb, and this is my very first year teaching Kindergarten! That may seem a little scary to some, but I was born to be an educator! Let me give you some background. Since I could walk and talk I have been playing school with my baby dolls and puppy dogs in my closet. I have always LOVED going to school! I can remember every teacher I had, and something about his or her classroom or teaching style that I would love to incorporate into my own classroom. After graduating from high school, I went straight to Auburn University. Incase you don't know, Auburn has one of the most highly ranked education programs. Waaaarrrr Eagle! I graduated from Auburn in December of 2010. Now I must admit, during these poor economic times, and during the middle of a school year, it's a little tough to get a job. I spent the majority of this time filling out applications, interviewing, and substituting all over North East Alabama. Then one day, I get a phone call from my very own k-2 elementary school, Big Spring Lake. As I said, when I attended there it was k-2, but now it is all kindergarten. Wow! How things have changed. As it turns out, they had a teacher going on maternity leave for the last 7 weeks of school, and I was the lucky winner to fill her shoes! I was a little bummed when I found out that they probably weren't going to be able to hire any new teachers for the 2011-2012 school year, but I kept my chin up and kept searching. About mid July, I get another phone call from none other than my favorite school, Big Spring Lake....and they have a job available! I accepted the job on the phone, the school board approved it that very same night and here I am almost 2 weeks later, still on cloud 9 thinking that I get to work with such amazing staff members at the happiest school on Earth.   

So, with all that said... one day that I have been looking forward to since I decided to become an education major, is the day (or in this case, many days) that I get to plan and setup my very first classroom. As I mentioned in the previous post, when I was hired I was informed that I only had about a week to get my classroom presentable before we have 225 teachers come to our school for a conference. It was a little overwhelming, but I got it done exactly the way I wanted to in the specified time frame. I never would have been able to do any of it without the help and creative mind of my mother, the muscles, sweat, and tools of my father and husband when he wasn't working, and the 2 extra hands of my best friend helping me paint bookshelves all night. I can't really verbally describe the room, so I'll let the pictures do all the talking.

These are all of the "before" pictures. I had mismatched tables, not enough chairs, a few computers, and a lot of instructional materials to sort through from the previous teacher.

Of course, Penny was there to help everyday! I couldn't leave her at home for 10 hours so she just came with me. 

This was about midway through the process. All the bookshelves were painted and moved in, curtains up, and bulletin boards in the works. All the stuff I had been saving throughout college was still waiting to have a home somewhere in this room.

Now for the final product...well at least until I get more stuff.

"Word Wall" and some of the student tables, and my cute rug!

Cozy little reading corner

Bulletin board...this will be my "theme" board to hang student work once the year actually begins

Student computers

My teacher corner and small group instruction area

White board and calendar board and cute reading chair

Writing center

My Door!!! My favorite part. My theme is birds, there is another cute bird display above the cubbies in the hallway, but I guess I forgot the picture.

Big View

I can't wait to meet all of my kiddos! And I really hope my room proves to be a relaxing, engaging, and exciting place that they will love and take care of. I haven't even met my students yet, but I LOVE KINDERGARTEN! Until next time...